MADRID (Reuters) - Neymar was sent off as Barcelona suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday that scuppered their hopes of going top of La Liga and handed control of the title race to leaders to Real Madrid.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving towards the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday.
Great Britain's double gold medallist Nicola Adams marks her professional debut with a points victory over Virginia Carcamo.
Abdul Hamid al-Yousef tells his story to one of the first western journalists to visit the Syrian town that was devastated by chemical weapons attack
In these dark days, the drive through Idlib province is a study in contrasts. Few places match its beauty in spring – green as far as the eye can see, olive and cherry trees in blossom, yellow and purple flowers alongside the verdant hues of the earth.
But look further into the distance, at the towns and villages that dot the countryside along the way to and from Khan Sheikhun, scene of the chemical attack on Tuesday that killed more than 80 people, and you will see columns of smoke rising in the sky. Continue reading...
MILAN (Reuters) - A brace from Gonzalo Higuain gave Juventus a 2-0 win at home to Chievo on Saturday and moved them closer to a sixth consecutive Serie A title as they forged nine points clear of their closest pursuers.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes killed at least 18 people including five children in a town in Syrian rebel-controlled Idlib province on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the civil defence rescue service reported.
Union leader calls for inquiry into ‘plot’ by MPs on right of party to undermine him and his close ally Jeremy Corbyn
Len McCluskey, leader of the super-union Unite, is to demand a Labour party investigation into what he claims is a plot by a “cabal” of MPs on the right of the party to undermine him and his close ally, leader Jeremy Corbyn.
In a move likely to open another chapter in the party’s civil war, McCluskey, who is standing for re-election as general secretary of the one million-member union, says rightwing Labour MPs and grandees, with the support of almost the entire media, have turned the election in his union into “a proxy war against Corbyn”. Continue reading...
As the leader of the Unite union enters the last 10 days of his own re-election campaign, he reaffirms his support for Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn has fought two leadership contests, in 2015 and again last year. And even though his name is not on the ballot paper, he has ended up in the middle of a third one being fought now. The battle to head the most powerful union in Britain, which would normally be confined to issues such as pay, pensions and job security, has been turned into a proxy war over Corbyn.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite since 2011, is up for re-election and the ballot closes on 19 April. Most union elections go largely unnoticed but this one is high-profile because McCluskey is one of Corbyn’s biggest backers. Without him, the Labour leader would be left seriously exposed. Continue reading...
OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian police have found a "bomb-like device" in central Oslo, and a suspect is being held in custody, the police said on their official Twitter account on Saturday.
Police appeal for information after family had strong acid thrown on them in Islington on Saturday afternoon
A father, mother and their two-year-old son have suffered burns following an acid attack in north London.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault on the family in Islington at around 1.05pm on Saturday. Continue reading...
One For Arthur's victory is one for Scotland, one for injured jockeys and one for 'two golf widows'.
(Reuters) - Barcelona's Neymar was sent off as they suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday that scuppered their hopes of going top of La Liga.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - To wander the immaculately manicured grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the U.S. Masters is to take a stroll back in time.
A "bomb-like device" has been discovered in central Oslo, according to Norwegian police.
How the US cabinet and beyond sought to influence Donald Trump’s decision to order missile strikes on Syrian airbases
Jared Kushner, senior adviser Continue reading...
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman birdied the second hole to head the U.S. Masters third-round leaderboard at a sun-kissed Augusta on Saturday.
TV festival in London also hears that there will be a third series of ITV’s period hit The Durrells
Poldark, the hit BBC period drama, is to return for a fourth series.
The BBC1 adaptation of Winston Graham’s books stars Aidan Turner as Cornish captain Ross Poldark, and the actor confirmed that there will be another season. Continue reading...
Russia has told the US that its recent cruise missile attacks against the Syrian government "play into the hands of extremists".
Uzbek arrested in Stockholm is main suspect amid aftermath of political tension, defiance and anxiety
Opposite the Åhléns department store on Drottninggatan, the smell of smoke still hanging over central Stockholm gave way to the fragrance of flowers.
Swedes had festooned the high police barriers opposite the store with red and white roses. In place of the usual roar of cars there was a stillness broken only by the sound of seagulls and hushed voices. Continue reading...
Veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew has died aged 88, his family has said.
(Reuters) - Honda's MotoGP champion Marc Marquez took his first pole position of the season in tricky conditions at the Argentine Grand Prix on Saturday with Czech rider Karel Abraham a surprise second fastest on a 2015 Ducati.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Max Verstappen does not expect to repeat his wet-weather heroics from Brazil last year, when he starts what is predicted to be a rain-hit Chinese Formula One Grand Prix from near the back of the grid on Sunday.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia/OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - The man Russian police believe was the suicide bomber who killed 14 people in a blast on the St Petersburg metro this week developed an interest in Islam and soon after travelled to Turkey, two people who know him told Reuters.
Campaigners point out that substances used to manufacture the nerve agent were exported to Damascus in the 80s
Evidence that the sarin nerve agent was used in the chemical attack that killed more than 80 and injured hundreds of others in Syria’s northern province of Idlib last week has triggered awkward questions for the government over the part played by the UK in the Assad regime’s development of a chemical weapons programme.
Related: 'The dead were wherever you looked': inside Syrian town after chemical attack Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship after they were beaten 2-1 by play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Radio 2 broadcaster who presented Sounds of the 60s dies at 88, his family confirms.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier was killed while conducting operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a U.S. military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter.
- Spokesman for Nato-led mission says soldier mortally wounded
- Operation against Isis took place in Achin, in Nangarhar province
An American soldier was killed while conducting operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a US military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter.
“The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar province” in eastern Afghanistan, US navy captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the Nato-led resolute support mission. Continue reading...
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard said on Saturday U.S. cruise missile strikes on an air base in Syria had destroyed the means to deliver chemical weapons from that base, and the U.S. military remained ready to carry out further strikes if needed.
A member of the US special forces has been killed while taking part in an operation against Islamic State in Afghanistan.
Chelsea re-established their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Sources at power-sharing negotiations say ‘miracle’ is needed to achieve agreement by Easter deadline
Only a “miracle” can save talks aimed at restoring a power sharing government in Northern Ireland, an MP has warned. With just over a week left before the deadline on discussions between the Northern Irish parties, the prospect of what has been called “direct rule by stealth” now appears to be closer than at any time since the Good Friday agreement.
Related: Northern Ireland has our only EU border. Theresa May ignores it at her peril | Siobhan Fenton Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - France will meet Serbia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after both finished off their last-eight ties inside two days on Saturday but Australia and Belgium were made to sweat.
Find out where your horse finished - or fell - in the 170th Grand National at Aintree.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Waikato Chiefs winger Toni Pulu scored two magical tries but it was not enough to stop them slipping to a first defeat of the Super Rugby season in a thrilling 34-26 loss to the unbeaten Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - - Twice Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso unleashed his inner animal on Saturday as he dragged his misfiring McLaren Honda past the opening phase of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. “I am pushing like an animal,” Alonso told his team over the radio after unexpectedly setting a time good enough to get him well clear of the elimination zone and into the top-10 in the opening part of the hour-long session. The Spaniard eventually ended up 13th on the times
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer said his government has offered "all it could" to ease lawmakers' resistance to a landmark pension reform bill, key to rebalance the government's strained finances, according to an interview published on Saturday.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Police shot dead six suspected members of an Islamic militant group in Indonesia on Saturday, they said, after a failed drive-by shooting targeting police officers in East Java.
The man suffered "potentially life-changing" injuries when the "noxious substance" was thrown at him.